A case to store and protect the device is highly recommended but not required. There will be a Belkin case for sale at school for only $20. This case usually costs $35 but we were able to purchase them at a discounted rate. The case is a hardshell which provides protection while in a locker and a backpack. It also has handles for easy carrying from class to class. The case fits any 11" device so it can still be used when your student leaves MMS. This protection will keep costly damages from happening. A link to the case is below.